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Old 04-20-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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So yesterday I went to see the Neurologist and I get into the room and this guy comes in and says he's the Neurologists assistant and starts asking me about all my issues afterwards he leaves saying he'll discuss it with the Neurologist and a few minutes later he and the Neurologist comes in and he's an Indian guy that can barely speak English and I noticed he wouldn't really talk to me, just started saying what he thinks my issue is then quickly leaves.

Seriously? I have a Neurological issue, is it wrong to expect I get to have a sit-down talk with the Neurologist himself and have one that can speak English?? If this were just going in for something minor I don't think it would bug me as much but with my Neurological issues it really bothers me. Am I wrong to be upset?
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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No you are not wrong, seems to be the way of conventional medicine today. What is your neuro issue. I'm on another health group and MANY deal with neuropathy issues. And they take a lot of supps for the neuro issues.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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So yesterday I went to see the Neurologist and I get into the room and this guy comes in and says he's the Neurologists assistant and starts asking me about all my issues afterwards he leaves saying he'll discuss it with the Neurologist and a few minutes later he and the Neurologist comes in and he's an Indian guy that can barely speak English and I noticed he wouldn't really talk to me, just started saying what he thinks my issue is then quickly leaves.

Seriously? I have a Neurological issue, is it wrong to expect I get to have a sit-down talk with the Neurologist himself and have one that can speak English?? If this were just going in for something minor I don't think it would bug me as much but with my Neurological issues it really bothers me. Am I wrong to be upset?
Did he examine you?
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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Unfortunately, this is the way medical practice is going in the US. Before I shifted my care to a world-renowned medical facility (which is luckily local to me and takes my insurance), I would get maybe 5 minutes with a distracted oncologist per appointment - if I saw the oncologist at all (typically saw a nurse practitioner or even just my chemo nurse). That was all through diagnosis and treatment as well! Meanwhile, the oncologist billed my insurance over $1000 for those 5 minutes, plus any blood work, testing, scans, procedures, or chemo I might need.

I will say that I notice many people mistake having an accent for "barely speaking English." Many Indians speak English as a first language, but it's not going to sound like American English. That doesn't mean they don't speak it fluently - perhaps even better than you!
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:38 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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So yesterday I went to see the Neurologist and I get into the room and this guy comes in and says he's the Neurologists assistant and starts asking me about all my issues afterwards he leaves saying he'll discuss it with the Neurologist and a few minutes later he and the Neurologist comes in and he's an Indian guy that can barely speak English and I noticed he wouldn't really talk to me, just started saying what he thinks my issue is then quickly leaves.

Seriously? I have a Neurological issue, is it wrong to expect I get to have a sit-down talk with the Neurologist himself and have one that can speak English?? If this were just going in for something minor I don't think it would bug me as much but with my Neurological issues it really bothers me. Am I wrong to be upset?
If you saw a neurologist, I assume that you had a reference from your primary who is more fluent in English. If so, I would ask the primary to interpret the neurologist's report and explain it to you.
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I will say that I notice many people mistake having an accent for "barely speaking English." Many Indians speak English as a first language, but it's not going to sound like American English. That doesn't mean they don't speak it fluently - perhaps even better than you!
And even so, a doctor could be non-fluent in English and still be a brilliant neurologist with a great track record.

OP, why were you referred to this particular neurologist? What kind of reputation does he have? Try to find out more before you give up on him.

That said, if you're not comfortable, you're not comfortable, so ask for a different referral.
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